Marco Island, the largest of the 10,000 islands south of Fort Myers, Florida, is a wonderful place to visit with families.  It offers beautiful beaches, waterfront activities, fabulous resorts, and delicious food.

Things to Do on Marco Island

Despite the fact that Marco is the largest of the 10,000 Islands, it’s still relatively small.  As you’d expect from an island getaway, most of the things to do revolve around the ocean.  Spend the day at the beautiful, shell-lined beaches.  Looking for more action?  Head down to the beach to set up a parasailing adventure, or rent a jet ski.  Would you rather do some learning?  Book the Dolphin Explorer Eco-Tour and learn all about the dolphins living right off the coast of the island, and take a quick trip to a private island to do some shelling.

If you are willing to do a drive, visit nearby Naples for the Naples Zoo, Naples Botanical Gardens, and the Children’s Museum of Naples. All are about a 30 minute drive from the island.

Places to Stay on Marco Island

Marco Island is home to two upscale chain hotels – a Marriott and a Hilton.  There’s also numerous condo complexes along with the hotel we stayed at – the Marco Beach Ocean Resort.  Whether you are traveling on a romantic getaway or as a family vacation, I’d recommend the Marco Beach Ocean Resort for its amazing service and fabulous location right on the beach.

The View from the Snook Inn

Restaurants on Marco Island

As you’d imagine, much of the local cuisine on the island revolves around seafood.  Conch fritters, fish sandwiches, and peel and eat shrimp are the specialties.  Visit CJ’s on the Bay or the Snook Inn for the most gorgeous views.  Hidden gems the Crazy Flamingo and Philly’s Grill offer great food but are tucked away in mini malls.  Another great pick is Captain Brien’s, a seafood restaurant within walking distance of most of the hotels.

Whether you want to enjoy the beach or see something new every day, there are lots of options on Marco Island, Florida.

This is a guest post by Jodi Grundig of Family Travel Magazine. Photos are courtesy of Jodi Grundig.

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